Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) concludes its 2013–2014 mainstage theatre season on April 4 in the Newhart Family Theatre with Hot Mikado by David H. Bell and music by Rob Bowen, directed by Sarah Gabel.
Loyola will be taking on the comedic musical of Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo, and Yum-Yum–three characters captured in a love triangle, which results in hilarious complications. Bell and Bowen’s Hot Mikadooriginally came to Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1986 after being adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and revived from the 1939 Broadway musical The Hot Mikado. The musical’s long history of adaptations and revivals has led to a combination of research for Loyola’s own production.
“The research led me to jazz in America and the time period it takes place in–the 1930s and 1940s,” Gabel said. “I got to research Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as look into the original The Mikado because this is the jazz version.”
Jazz music is a big component of Hot Mikado, as well as Japanese culture. The two subjects are both important aspects for the musical as a whole and the cast and crew are excited to be displaying the interesting mash-up. Gabel’s extensive experience in musical theatre has prepared her well for this performance with exciting dance numbers and laugh-out-loud comedy.
“When some of the performers are singing [in rehearsals], they can hardly stand still,” Gabel said. “I think the audience is going to be very engaged with the music.
Hot Mikado opens Friday, April 4, and runs through Sunday, April 13. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, April 11 performance. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20, with discounts available for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Preview tickets are available for $5 at the door.
The Newhart Family Theatre is located on the second floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1020 W. Sheridan Road on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets can be purchased online at LUC.tix.com. Contact the box office atBOXOFFICE@luc.edu or 773.508.8400 with questions or concerns, or visit blogs.LUC.edu/ArtsAlive for more information.